The Ontario Master Naturalist Program workshop series is separate from the Master Naturalist certificate program. Each workshop is offered separately and certificates are not awarded for completion.

Winter Dendrology: Connecting with Conifers

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Start Time: 10 a.m.

Location:  Room 2015, Simcoe Hall, Lakehead University, 500 University Ave., Orillia

Instructor: Bob Bowles, Coordinator of the Ontario Master Naturalist Program

Description: Over the last 20 years, scientists have transformed our understanding of trees from competitive self-sustaining crusaders to members of a connected, related, communicating system, what Dr. Suzanne Simard calls a "wood wide web". This workshop will enable you to begin to understand the ways in which trees support one another within the forest, both above ground and through the vast below ground mycelia network. Both in the classroom and through our field experience on snowshoes (provided), we will practice animal track identification and also locate and identify examples of the conifers of Simcoe County.  This workshop on conifers will allow us to understand their specific and complex interrelationships with birch and other trees, fungi, and other plant and animal life.